Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Saint October 24 : St. Anthony Mary Claret - Founder of the Claretians and Patron of Weavers, Savings, and Publishers

St. Anthony Mary Claret

December 23, 1807, Sallent
October 24, 1870, Fontfroide
May 7, 1950 by Pope Pius XII
Patron of:
Textile Merchants, Weavers, Savings (taught the poor the importance of savings), Catholic press, Claretians Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in France on this date in 1870. He was canonized in 1950 and listed in the Roman Calendar in 1960. Anthony was born at Salent in the Diocese of Vich in Catalonia, Spain, in the year in which Napoleon invaded Spain. He was trained for manual labor, since his father was a weaver, but in 1829 he entered the seminary at Vich. Ordained to the priesthood in 1835, he was assigned as pastor in his home parish. Later he went to Rome to work for the Propagation of the Faith. He also entered the novitiate of the Jesuits but had to leave because of ill health, so he returned to Spain and was assigned as pastor of a parish. His apostolate consisted of rural preaching, conferences for the clergy and publications (he wrote more than 150 books). Because of his successful apostolate he aroused the animosity of some of the clergy and as a result he left Catalonia for the Canary Islands (1848). After a year he returned to Catalonia and resumed his preaching apostolate.
In 1849 Anthony gathered together five priests who formed the basis of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (popularly known as Claretians). At the suggestion of the Queen of Spain, Isabella II, Anthony was named archbishop of Santiago, Cuba (1850). For the next seven years he made pastoral visitations, preached against the slavery of the Negroes, and regularized numerous marriages. As a result of his activity he was frequently threatened with death and on one occasion an attempt was actually made on his life. In 1857 he was recalled to Spain as confessor to the queen. In this way he was able to exert some influence in the naming of bishops, set up a center of ecclesiastical studies at the Escorial, and work towards the recognition of religious orders in Spain. In 1869 he was in Rome, preparing for the First Vatican Council. He followed Isabella II into exile and at the insistence of the Spanish ambassador, was placed under house arrest in the Cistercian monastery at FontFroide, where he died at the age of 63. His remains were ultimately returned to Vich.
SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Latest from the Amazon Synod - Role of Women in the Church - A question about human trafficking - Full Video - #AmazonSynod19

Amazon Synod Briefing: Role of women, inculturation, synodality
The role of women; inculturation; and synodality were some of the key topics highlighted at Wednesdays’ press briefing for the Synod on the Amazon.
By Vatican News

At the beginning of the briefing, the Prefect for the Dicastery for Communication, Dr Paolo Ruffini briefly reviewed the process for producing the Synod’s final document. Jesuit Father Giacomo Costa noted that the final document will be entrusted to the Holy Father, who will provide guidance for the Church going forward. Father Costa emphasized the importance, in the synodal process, of “listening deeply”, noting that the final document is a fruit of the process, but not its final goal.

Sister Roselei Bertoldo, I.C.M.
The first guest at today’s briefing, Sister Roselei Bertoldo of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, spoke about the issue of trafficking, especially of girls and women. Often an “invisible crime”, trafficking can involve not only sexual exploitation, but also domestic enslavement and child labour. She said the Church must help raise awareness about the issue, and continue working on strategies of prevention.

Bishop Ricardo Ernesto Centellas Guzmán
The President of the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia, Bishop Ricardo Ernesto Centellas Guzmán said the Church must change its mentality with regard to the role of women. Women have a very strong presence in the Church, but their participation in decision-making is “almost invisible”. He said change must come primarily at the community, rather than the universal level.

Bishop Zenildo Luiz Pereira da Silva, C.SS.R.
Bishop Zenildo Luiz Pereira da Silva, a Brazilian Bishop, said the Church must find new ways of thinking, in dialogue with the contemporary world. The synodal path, he said, involves not simply proposing answers, but pointing to new paths, reconsidering what has been done in the past.

Jesuit Bishop Gilberto Alfredo Vizcarra Mori, S.J.
Jesuit Bishop Gilberto Alfredo Vizcarra Mori, S.J., who has served as a missionary and is now Vicar Apostolic of Jaén en Peru o San Francisco Javier, spoke of the importance of being close to, and even a part of, indigenous societies. This involves many sacrifices, including giving up our preconceived mindsets. He said living with indigenous peoples has helped him realize how they feel connected to the whole of creation. This is something we, who sometimes see ourselves as “masters” of creation, can learn from indigenous peoples.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Finally, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, spoke said he was surprised to be called to be part of the Synod. He said that he has learned that “the Amazon” is India; that is, the issues facing Amazonia are universal. He mentioned the violence committed against nature; the injustice toward indigenous peoples; and the lack of pastoral care as three particular areas of concern. Cardinal Gracias also said he is very impressed with the passionate concern the Bishops of Amazonia have for their people.

A question about the role of women in the Church
Bishop Ricardo Centellas was asked if now is the “right time” for structural changes in the Church with regard to the role of women. He said the Church does not prohibit active and effect participation by women, but highlighted again the lack of women in decision making role; and this, he said, must change. He emphasized that small changes must be made where they can.

A question about the contributions that women can offer
In answer to a further question on how women are already offering their unique contributions to the Church, Bishop Centellas said that men and women have different points of view, and approach things from different perspectives. Nonetheless, he said, those visions and approaches, though different, are complementary.

The question of the role of women in liturgy, said Bishop da Silva is only one part of the question. He said a large part of the pastoral activity of the Church is inspired by the intuition of women. He said we should remember the strong contribution of women in Catholic communities.

Sr Roselei Bertoldo said that the presence of women in the communities is undeniable. “We are church, and we do church,” she said. The fact that women have been called to the synod, and that they have a voice there, is significant. Women, said Sr Bertoldo, claim and want to become protagonists in the Church.

Finally, Cardinal Gracias noted that neither Church law nor theology prohibit women from participating in active ways in the Church. Apart from a few ritual actions - like hearing Confession, saying Mass, and giving Confirmation – women are able to do just about anything in the Church. He said that despite the decentralization urged by Pope Francis, Bishops are not using the opportunities they have to involve women more.

A question about human trafficking
Sister Bertoldo said that Pope Francis, from the beginning of his pontificate, has emphasized the need to respond to the scourge of human trafficking. She highlighted some of the fruits of the synodal process in this regard, such as encouraging local churches to raise awareness about the issues; deal with identified cases; and work on prevention, especially in ecclesial contexts.

A question on synodality
One reporter, noting appeals for the whole Church to have an “Amazonian face”, asked if, given the emphasis on synodality, there had been any proposals to hear from people from other parts of the Church. Cardinal Gracias said that Pope Francis has given the Church the theology of synodality, and put great emphasis on it, and that during the Synod for the Amazon, the Church has had a true experience of it.

Dr Ruffini pointed out that the Pope had spoken about synodality during the day’s General Audience. Pope Francis explained how, at the Synod on Jerusalem, the Apostles dealt with theological issues by discussing them and finding a common path. This, he said, “sheds light” on how to address differences, and how to resolve conflict through dialogue.

Bishop Vizcarra added that the experience of the early Church was reflected in the experience of being Church in the Amazon. “The Holy Spirit is speaking to us,” he said, is extending an invitation to live as Christians, to welcome the Holy Spirit, and to live fully in being Christians in the context of ecology. He said that for him, the Synod is a Synod of listening.

A question about media coverage
A final question was asked about the reactions to media coverage of the synod, and the “vastly different interpretations” about what is happening in the synod.

Bishop da Silva said that there is a certain amount of resistance to the idea of synodality. When the Church starts “a synodal pathway”, he said, it’s giving a significant sign. The Church, he said, is not going down an obscure path, but is a light in our times. And he said, the role of the media, even when critical, is constructive.

#BreakingNews Vatican Investigation by Financial Information Authority (AIF) Confirms correct action

Vatican investigations: AIF reaffirms confidence in Director Di Ruzza
The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, AIF, confirms correct action conducted by the oversight body in verifying alleged suspicious activities.
By Vatican News

The Board of Directors at the AIF released a press statement on Wednesday, reaffirming their “full faith and trust in the professional competence and honorability” of AIF Director Tommaso Di Ruzza, who is currently under investigation by the Vatican Judiciary.

The statement reads as follows:

On 1 October 2019, the Director of the Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria (AIF), Tommaso Di Ruzza, and his offices were searched by the Corps of the Gendarmerie of the Vatican City State in relation to an investigation initiated by the Promotor of Justice following two complaints lodged in July and August this year by the I.O.R. and the Office of the Auditor General within their respective institutional competences. The search, which resulted in the seizure certain files and records, is in connection with an ongoing institutional activity carried out by AIF based on a Suspicious Activity Report involving several foreign jurisdictions.

Immediately following these events, the President of AIF, René Brülhart, having consulted with the members of the Board of Directors, opened an internal investigation to gain a thorough understanding of the relevant operational activity of AIF. Based upon that internal investigation, the Board of Directors has determined: First, that the activity carried out by AIF and its Director was properly institutional in nature and conducted in conformity with the AIF’s governing Statute. Second, that in the exercise of its institutional authority, neither the Director nor any other employee of AIF improperly exercised his authority or engaged in any other wrongdoing.

Accordingly, the Board of Directors reaffirms its full faith and trust in the professional competence and honorability of its Director and, moreover, commends him for the institutional work carried out in the handling of this particular case.

As AIF continues to conduct its operational activities at the domestic and international levels, it remains fully cooperative with competent authorities.

The Board of AIF is confident that potential misapprehensions will be clarified soon.

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Pope Francis says "The churches must always have the doors open because this is the symbol of what a church is: always open." Full Text + Video


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles - 13. "God has opened the door of faith to the pagans" (Acts 14:27). The mission of Paul and Barnabas and the council of Jerusalem

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The book of the Acts of the Apostles tells that St. Paul, after that transforming encounter with Jesus, is welcomed by the Church of Jerusalem thanks to the mediation of Barnabas and begins to proclaim Christ. However, due to the hostility of some, he is forced to move to Tarsus, his hometown, where Barnabas joins him to involve him in the long journey of the Word of God. The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which we are commenting on in these catecheses, it can be said is the book of the long journey of the Word of God: the Word of God must be announced, and announced everywhere. This journey begins after a strong persecution (see Acts 11,19); but this, instead of provoking a setback for evangelization, becomes an opportunity to widen the field where to spread the good seed of the Word. Christians are not afraid. They must flee, but flee with the Word, and spread the Word a little everywhere.

Paul and Barnabas first arrive in Antioch of Syria, where they stay a whole year to teach and help the community to take root (see Acts 11:26). They announced to the Jewish community, to the Jews. Thus, Antioch becomes the center of missionary propulsion, thanks to the preaching with which the two evangelizers - Paul and Barnabas - affect the hearts of believers, who here in Antioch are called "Christians" for the first time (see Acts 11:26) .

The nature of the Church emerges from the Book of Acts, which is not a stronghold, but a tent capable of widening its space (see Is 54: 2) and giving access to all. The Church is "outgoing" or it is not Church, or it is on the way always widening its space so that everyone can enter, or it is not Church. "A Church with open doors" (Esort. Ap. Evangelii gaudium, 46), always with the doors open. When I see some church here, in this city, or when I saw it in the other diocese where I come from, with the doors closed, this is a bad signal. The churches must always have the doors open because this is the symbol of what a church is: always open. The Church is "called to always be the open house of the Father. [...] Thus, if someone wants to follow a motion of the Spirit and approaches by seeking God, he will not meet with the coldness of a closed door "(ibid., 47).

But this novelty of the doors open to whom? To the pagans, because the Apostles preached to the Jews, but the pagans also came to knock on the door of the Church; and this newness of the doors open to the pagans triggers a very lively controversy. Some Jews claim the need to become Jews through circumcision to save themselves, and then receive baptism. They say: "Unless you get circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts 15: 1), that is, you cannot receive baptism later. First the Jewish rite and then the baptism: this was their position. And to settle the matter, Paul and Barnabas consult the council of the Apostles and elders in Jerusalem, and what is considered the first council in the history of the Church takes place, the council or assembly of Jerusalem, to which Paul refers in the Letter to the Galatians (2,1-10).

A very delicate theological, spiritual and disciplinary issue is addressed: that is, the relationship between faith in Christ and the observance of the Law of Moses. Decisive during the assembly are the speeches of Peter and James, "columns" of the mother Church (see Acts 15: 7-21; Gal 2: 9). They invite not to impose circumcision on the pagans, but only to ask them to reject idolatry and all its expressions. From the discussion comes the common path, and this decision, ratified with the so-called apostolic letter sent to Antioch.

The assembly of Jerusalem offers us an important light on the ways in which to deal with differences and seek the "truth in love" (Eph 4:15). It reminds us that the ecclesial method for conflict resolution is based on a dialogue made of attentive and patient listening and on the discernment carried out in the light of the Spirit. It is the Spirit, in fact, that helps to overcome closures and tensions and works in hearts so that, in truth and in good, they may reach unity. This text helps us to understand synodality. It is interesting how the Letter writes: the Apostles begin, saying: "The Holy Spirit and we think that ...". The presence of the Holy Spirit is proper to synodality, otherwise it is not synodality, it is parlor, parliament, another thing ...
We ask the Lord to strengthen the desire and responsibility of communion in all Christians, especially bishops and presbyters. Help us to live the dialogue, the listening and the encounter with the brothers in the faith and with the distant ones, to taste and manifest the fruitfulness of the Church, called to be at all times "joyful mother" of many children (see Psalm 113 9).

Greetings in Various Languages: 
Je salue cordialement les personnes de langue française, en particulier les pèlerins du diocèse de Séez, accompagnés par Monseigneur Habert, et ceux du diocèse de Coutances, avec Monseigneur Le Boulc’h ; les directeurs de l’enseignement catholique de Vendée avec Monseigneur Jacolin et ceux du diocèse du Mans avec Monseigneur Le Saux ; les confirmés du diocèse de Bayeux-Lisieux avec Monseigneur Boulanger ; les lycéens du diocèse de Saint Etienne, avec Monseigneur Bataille. Demandons au Seigneur de vivre entre chrétiens le dialogue, l’écoute et la rencontre afin de manifester au monde la fécondité de l’Eglise appelée à être la mère d’une multitude de fils. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!
Herzlich grüße ich die Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die Gruppe der Gläubigen aus Enniger und die Studenten der Hochschule der Polizei in Münster. Mit der Feier des außerordentlichen Missionsmonats bitten wir den Heiligen Geist, uns zu befähigen, die Tore des Evangeliums für alle Völker zu öffnen und uns zu authentischen Zeugen der göttlichen Liebe zu machen. Der Herr begleite euch auf euren Wegen!
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española. Pido al Señor que refuerce en nosotros y en todos los cristianos, especialmente en los obispos y presbíteros, el deseo y la responsabilidad por la comunión, el diálogo y el encuentro con todos los hermanos, sin excepción, para manifestar la fecundidad de la Iglesia, llamada a ser Madre feliz de muchos hijos. Que Dios los bendiga.
Amados peregrinos de língua portuguesa, saúdo-vos cordialmente a todos, em particular os diversos grupos vindos de Portugal e do Brasil.Possa a vossa peregrinação a Roma ajudar-vos a estar prontos a fazer parte da Igreja em saída, dando um testemunho alegre do Evangelho e do amor de Deus por todos os seus filhos. A Virgem Santa vos guie e proteja!
[Dear Portuguese-speaking pilgrims, I cordially greet all of you, especially the different groups from Portugal and Brazil. Your pilgrimage to Rome will help you be ready to be part of the outgoing Church, giving a joyful witness to the Gospel and God's love for all his children. May the Holy Virgin guide you and protect you!]
أرحبُ بالحاضرينَ الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصةً بالقادمين من مصر، ومن الشرق الأوسط. إن الكنيسة ليست معقلًا مغلقًا، ولكنها خيمة قادرة على توسيع رحابها لتسمح للجميع بدخولها. إنها "كنيسةٌ مُشرَّعة الأبواب"، والكل مدعو لأن يشع نور المسيح في جميع أنحاء المعمورة. ليُبارِكْكُم الرب جميعًا ويَحرُسْكُم دائمًا من الشرير!
[I warmly welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from Egypt and the Middle East. The Church is not a stronghold, but a tent capable of enlarging its space and giving access to all. It is a Church with "open doors", and each one is called to radiate the light of Christ throughout the world. May the Lord bless you all and always protect you from the evil one!]
Pozdrawiam serdecznie Polaków, a szczególnie Organizatorów wystawy, poświęconej kardynałowi Adamowi Kozłowieckiemu, otwartej wczoraj w Papieskim Uniwersytecie Gregoriańskim. W latach II wojny światowej był więźniem obozów koncentracyjnych w Auschwitz i Dachau. Później ponad 60 lat pełnił posługę misyjną w Zambii. Odważnie głosił Ewangelię, niezłomnie walczył o godność i prawa dla Afrykanów, inicjował budowę kościołów, szkół, szpitali i domów opieki. Niech dzieło tego wybitnego polskiego ewangelizatora otworzy nasze serca na potrzeby braci żyjących w krajach misyjnych. Z serca wam błogosławię.
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims and especially the Organizers of the exhibition dedicated to Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki, inaugurated yesterday at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In the years of the Second World War he was a prisoner of the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. Later, for over 60 years, he carried out the missionary ministry in Zambia. With courage he announced the Gospel, he fearlessly fought for the dignity and rights of the inhabitants of Africa, he promoted the construction of churches, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The work of this tireless Polish evangelizer can open our hearts to the needs of the brothers who live in mission countries. I bless you from my heart.]


I follow with concern what is happening in Chile. I hope that, by putting an end to the violent demonstrations, through dialogue, efforts will be made to find solutions to the crisis and to face the difficulties that have generated it, for the good of the entire population.

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims. In particular, I greet the Augustinian Missionary Sisters, who celebrate their general chapter and encourage them to follow the Gospel with renewed enthusiasm, always supported and enlightened by the grace of the Lord. I greet the delegation of the Municipality of Accumoli and the parish groups, in particular those of San Martino in Pensilis and of Avigliano.

Finally, I greet the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Yesterday we celebrated the liturgical memory of St. John Paul II; let us imitate this master of faith and evangelical life, an example of love for Christ and for man.

Little Sisters of the Poor are Ordered to pay for abortions under the health insurance in latest federal court ruling

LifeNews reports that a traditionally liberal federal appeals court has ruled once again that the Little Sisters of the Poor have to pay for abortions under their health insurance plan under the Obamacare mandate.
Over the past three years the Supreme Court has twice protected the Catholic nuns, but pro-abortion state officials have filed new lawsuits trying to force the Catholic order to pay for abortions in their health care plan. Today, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a decision.
The panel’s ruling invalidated the new pro-life rules the Trump administration put in place to protect the Catholic nuns and others from being forced to fund abortions.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned lower court rulings against the Little Sisters and granted them an exemption from the Obama HHS mandate, which required the nuns to fund abortion pills in their health care plans or pay millions of dollars in fines. In 2018, the Trump administration announced a new rule protecting religious non-profits, including the Little Sisters, but several states, including Pennsylvania and California, immediately sued the federal government to take that protection away, forcing the Little Sisters back to court.
The 9th Circuit panel ruled on the California case today:
“The panel held that the religious exemption contradicts congressional intent that all women have access to appropriate preventative care and the exemption operates in a manner fully at odds with the careful, individualized, and searching review mandated by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Judge J. Clifford Wallace wrote for the majority.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led 13 other state attorneys general in a lawsuit against the administration challenging the exemptions.
“Today will serve as a reminder to the Trump Administration that politicians and employers certainly have no business interfering with women’s reproductive healthcare,” Becerra said in a statement.
Senior Circuit Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, a George H.W. Bush appointee who leans conservative, penned a dissent, arguing that the case has more to do with states looking to save money than it has to do with women’s health care. He added that the decision is redundant because a judge in Pennsylvania has already halted the administration’s birth control exceptions.
“The casual reader may imagine that the dispute is about provision of contraception and abortion services to women. It is not.” Kleinfeld wrote. “No woman sued for an injunction in this case, and no affidavits have been submitted from any women establishing any question in this case about whether they will be deprived of reproductive services or harmed in any way by the modification of the regulation. This case is a claim by several states to prevent a modification of a regulation from going into effect, claiming that it will cost them money.”
In 2016, the government admitted, before the Supreme Court, that it has ways to get abortion-causing drugs to women without forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to participate. In fact, California and Pennsylvania each have programs for providing tax-funded abortions to women who want them. Yet these States sued to enforce the federal mandate on religious non-profits like the Little Sisters.
During the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington this year, President Donald Trump defended the conscience rights of pro-life doctors and nurses. He also stood up for the Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of Catholic nuns that is still fighting in court against being forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs.
My administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. We’re protecting the conscience rights of doctors and nurses and teachers and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor. We’re with them,” Trump told the audience of hundreds of Christian voters.
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Chaldean Patriarchate supports anti-government Protesters but Prays for Peace as Death toll rises to 149

Chaldean Patriarchate in solidarity with the people, praying for a stable and united Iraq
The violent crackdown against anti-government protests has caused at least 149 deaths. A committee of inquiry blames snipers who shot protesters in the face and chest. Some fear new violence on Friday. The Iraqi Church calls for respect for the right to protest, urges avoiding all forms of violence.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The Chaldean patriarchate has sent a note to AsiaNews saying that it is closely monitoring Iraq’s crisis, which could, in the coming days, lead to more violence.

In its statement, the Patriarchate appeals “to the conscience of Iraqi officials, who are in charge, to listen seriously to their people, who are complaining of the current miserable situation, the deterioration of services, and the spread of corruption”.

"Since the beginning of the demonstrations on 1 October 2019, our Churches have been praying for the recovery and stability of our country and we are following the protests planned to launch on this coming Friday, the 25th of this month."

A committee of inquiry established by the Iraqi government to look into the violent crackdown and excessive use of force against grassroots protests found that at least 149 people were killed.

About 70 per cent of the victims were hit by bullets to face or the chest, most likely fired by snipers on rooftops in central Baghdad.

The report highlights, once again, the responsibilities of senior officers and the security services, but does not blame Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi stressing that he did not give the order to open fire.

“The committee found that officers and commanders lost control over their forces during the protests” against unemployment, poor public services and corruption, which led to chaos. However, “There were no official orders from the supreme authorities to security forces to open fire toward protesters or use live ammunition”.

The Prime Minister set up the committee and promised a cabinet reshuffle and reforms, including steps to fight graft and provide government jobs for young people. For critics, this is just as window-dressing that will not soothe public anger.

According to the Chaldean patriarchate, “This is the first time for the Iraqi people, since 2003, to express their peacefulness away from politicization, breaking sectarian barriers and emphasizing their Iraqi national identity”.

For this reason, the Church stands “in solidarity with our people, sensing their pain, realizing their aspiration for a better future”.

At the same time, it calls for “a peaceful and civilized way in their demonstrations, respecting public properties and avoiding any abuse”, urging “the security forces to respect the rights of protesters and to avoid methods of violence.”

“It is time to address the accumulated problems in a responsible way, through serious dialogue, concrete steps, and also to look for efficient and specialized people who are known for their transparency and patriotism to manage the affairs of Iraq.”
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 475 Reading
 1ROM 6:12-18
  Brothers and sisters:
Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies
so that you obey their desires.
And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin
as weapons for wickedness,
but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life
and the parts of your bodies to God
as weapons for righteousness.
For sin is not to have any power over you,
since you are not under the law but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law
but under grace?  
Of course not!
Do you not know that if you present yourselves
to someone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one you obey,
either of sin, which leads to death,
or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin,
you have become obedient from the heart
to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.
Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

Responsorial PsalmPS 124:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8

R.(8a) Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Had not the LORD been with us,
let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us–
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive;
When their fury was inflamed against us.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
a prey to their teeth.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
We were rescued like a bird
from the fowlers' snare;
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

AlleluiaMT 24:42A, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

Then Peter said,
"Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?"
And the Lord replied,
"Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
'My master is delayed in coming,'
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant's master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master's will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."